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Definition of "major general" []

  • A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above brigadier general and below lieutenant general. (noun)
  • One who holds this rank. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "major general" in a sentence
  • "In one incident to which Lovell had referred, Tronson du Coudray, a French artillery officer of distinction, had come with a commission from Deane promising him the rank of major general and chief of artillery."
  • "The acting commander of McLaws's division, Joseph B. Kershaw, was not yet a major general and could not be considered for corps command."
  • "To the other major general on the Suffolk front, John B. Hood, little of interest happened."